Is your Janome CM17 up to date? Yes, this machine has only been out for a little over a year but there has already been one update released and your machine may be out of date – no one likes that! 😳The update will load a new icon on the LCD screen which will move the embroidery carriage coupling to the centre position if ever you will repack the carriage in the original box, or just need to move it out of the way.
Not to panic: it’s easy to update the Janome CM17 and I’ll explain how to do it so you can be sure that your machine has the latest update installed.
First, you’ll need to check to see what software version your machine is running. Maybe you won’t need to do an update after all and you can just keep on stitching 😀.
To check to see what software version your Janome CM17 is running, turn the machine on and look at the large LCD display screen. You’ll see the version number near the bottom of the screen. Make a note of this number so you can next check to see if this is the latest version.
Next, you’ll need to check out the latest software updates, if any, on the Janome Global website here.
When you click on the Continental M17 title, you’ll see the latest update and version number at the top of the list.
If the software version that your Janome CM17 is running isn’t this version (remember the number you wrote down?), then you will need to update your machine. If your machine is already running this software version, you can stop reading right now and go back to creating! If not, keep reading!
You’ll need to download the latest software version to your computer, then transfer the necessary file (update.bin) to a USB stick which you will then use to update your machine.
This is easy to do but involves a few steps, so I’ve created a video here that walks you through the entire process from downloading the files from the Janome Global website to opening up the files and ensuring that the necessary one is uploaded to a USB stick ready to be used with your Janome CM17.
Once the appropriate file is on a USB stick, the process to update the Janome CM17 is similar to updating other Janome models. There are only a few things to do but the order is important to ensure a successful update.
First, the machine must be turned off. If you had turned it on to check the software version it was running, you now need to turn it off.
Next, insert the USB stick with the update file on it into one of the two USB ports on the right side of the machine – your machine is still turned off.
Hold down the Needle Up/Down button and the Lock Stitch button at the same time and continue to hold them down while you turn the machine on. Continue holding these two buttons down until the screen turns green. Once you see this colour, you can release the two buttons because the update has started.
It takes a few minutes to update the Janome CM17, so relax until the display screen indicates “Finish” which means that the update is complete.
You can now turn off the machine and remove the USB stick.
The next time you turn on your Janome CM17, you’ll notice that it is been updated as the version number will now be different than before.
At the time of this blogpost (June 2023), the current software version for the Janome CM17 is 1.01.
If you are having problems updating your machine, check to ensure that the update.bin file is the only file on the USB stick.
If you are still having problems with the update, contact your local Janome dealer who will be able to help you.
I wish you a successful update and fun creating with the Janome CM17!
Happy creating from Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, Alberta.